A Postcard from Redhouse Road Allotments – Uses of Plants with Maria Billington

Exploring allotments and creativity is at the heart of the Boundary Way Project’s Postcards from the Plot exploration. As part of the project we have commissioned a series of films to look closer at these these links and help us to make connections with each other and green spaces at a time of social distancing. In our latest films, herbalist Maria Billington shares some wonderful ways to rediscover and use common plants that we can find in our surrounding green spaces.

Blackberries ripening

Juicy Blackberries at Redhouse Road Allotments

In her films and tutorials, Maria explores the uses of Cornsilk, Nettles and Brambles/Blackberries. Whilst these plants play a crucial role in nature’s ecosystem and for the wildlife of our allotments and gardens, Maria also shows us some wonderful herbal remedies and crafts we can create with them. We are taught how to create a tonic from the abundant nettle seeds and how nettles can also be used to make string and fibres. Alongside this, in the films we also learn how to make our own Blackberry Oxymel, which is a herbal remedy for coughs and colds, and some soothing Cornsilk Tea. Yum!

Maria demonstrating how to create nettle string

You can watch Maria’s films by clicking on the links below:

Produce from Maria’s allotment, including Sweetcorn to make Corn Silk Tea with.

We are delighted that we will soon be sharing some new free, downloadable resources with loads more information about the plants used in these films, their uses, where to find them and so much more. So watch this space!

A big thank you to Maria for sharing such wonderful films with us and to filmmaker Rachel Gillies for the final edit.

The project has been made possible with emergency funding through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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